On March 23, 2020, the Grand Junction City Council approved Emergency Ordinance #4912. This Emergency Ordinance, a response to the COVID-19 emergency, will provide for an emergency refund and/or referral of sales, lodging, and use taxes collected in February 2020 which were paid to the City in March 2020. “I think it sends a clear…

The Grand Junction Area Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with the Fruita & Palisade Chamber of Commerce’s, are proud to announce the new CATALYST | CONVENER | CHAMPION – Webinar Series. Focused on issues facing business owners, employees, and the community, these helpful webinars will be held bi-weekly and are complimentary to attend. Hear from…

Many of our businesses are in need of help navigating measures to assist their employees and continue business  operations. This issue of the newsletter is filled with information on programs available to you along  with links to webinars the Chamber will be presenting later this week. We hope our timely deployment of the data and…

I’ve been a member of the Grand Junction Chamber’s Governmental Affairs Committee for a long time…longer than I’ve been on the board actually. And as we meet at 7:00 AM every other Tuesday this winter to discuss and cuss about bills being introduced and moving through the Colorado General Assembly, I am reminded once again…

Being strong advocates for business was cited by 40% of the Chamber’s membership in the 2019 annual survey as the top priority for the Chamber. This time of year, the organization is particularly focused on reaching out to policy makers in Denver and in Washington D.C. to ensure that local small businesses have a voice…

When the Chamber took a lead role in organizing a political issues committee (The Tax You Don’t Pay) and developing a campaign to increase the lodging tax along with the Visit Grand Junction Advisory Board in 2018, it was focused on economic development. More funding for destination marketing would result in more visitors and more…

Let’s focus on advocacy at the local level. This topic is very important to many small businesses in Grand Junction and countless other rural environments. Local Advocacy can vary from simply wanting to properly navigate the building code, making sure your new facility complies with the local fire marshal, or even how you can ensure…

There is a somewhat dated industry rallying cry that goes something like this…” This Chamber doesn’t just cut through ribbons…it cuts through the red tape!” Have you ever walked away from the local planning office shaking your head and convinced your dreams of growing are dead? Have you ever wondered who to call in order…

The outlook into 2020 for the Chamber’s Business Retention & Expansion program is extremely bright. Each week we are out in the community assessing the current business climate and addressing the needs of existing businesses all across the Grand Valley. Local business is the backbone of our community and does so much for our local…

The Colorado General Assembly convenes on January 11th and the Chamber is gearing up to be the voice of business at the State Capitol in 2020. The Chamber Board adopted a set of legislative guidelines in December that will help guide the organization’s lobbying efforts under the dome. Our video conference series which offers real…

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